This selection was especially compiled for IFFR from the short experimental work of the Indonesian critic/curator/director Paul Agusta, several of whose full-length films have been screened in Rotterdam in recent years. The selection includes more traditional narratives as well as radical compositions, but it is always intensely personal.
The contorted and coloured forms in the eight clips that make up Controlled Chaos refer to Agusta’s own experiences, with which the maker strives for a catharsis while also wanting to let others share his feelings. It’s not for the first time. With The Very Bottom of Everything in 2010 he had already created a visual portrayal of a relative with manic depression. Memory Room, part of Chaotic Memories, goes a step further than Controlled Chaos. A man in a room looks for a way out but remains imprisoned amongst objects from the past. Memory Room not only shows negative emotions but also analyses how they prevent us from growing.

Filmmaker
Paul Agusta
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Indonesia
Year
2014
Medium
File
Length
72’
Language
Indonesian, English
Producer
Paul Agusta, Kyo Hayanto
Production Company
Kinekuma Pictures
Sales
Kinekuma Pictures
Cinematography
Paul Agusta, Kyo Hayanto, Fahmy J Saad
Editor
Paul Agusta
Production Design
Paul Agusta, Kyo Hayanto
Sound Design
Paul Agusta
Music
Paul Agusta, Rayhan Sudrajat, The Wispy Hummers, Ababil Ashari